Mary Trump claims she’s heard Trump use racist, anti-Semitic slurs: He’s ‘virulently racist’
Mary Trump, President Trump’s niece who just published a tell-all book about her family, says she has heard the president use racist and anti-Semitic slurs.
Mary Trump told The Washington Post in an interview published Thursday that she believes the president is “clearly racist.”
“It comes easily to him, and he thinks it’s going to score him points with the only people who are continuing to support him,” she said, adding that her experience growing up in the Trump family was marked by “a knee-jerk anti-Semitism, a knee-jerk racism.”
“Growing up, it was sort of normal to hear them use the n-word or use anti-Semitic expressions,” Mary Trump told the Post.
Sarah Matthews, special assistant to the president, told The Hill in a statement that “the President doesn’t use those words.”
Mary Trump, who is gay, went on to say in her interview with the Post that “homophobia was never an issue because nobody ever talked about gay people, well, until my grandmother called Elton John” a slur.
Mary Trump’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” was published Tuesday, one day after a New York judge lifted a temporary restraining order blocking her from promoting the book.
President Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, filed multiple lawsuits to block the release of the book. He argued Mary Trump was violating a nondisclosure agreement signed by members of the Trump family.
Mary Trump doubled down on her accusation about the use of racial slurs Thursday night. Asked by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow if she ever heard President Trump specifically use anti-Semitic slurs or racist slurs, Mary Trump said she has specifically heard the president say both.
“Do you mean this was an ambient thing in your family, but you can’t say that you ever heard it from him, or did you hear it from him, too?” Maddow asked.
“Yeah, of course I did, and I don’t think that should surprise anybody given how virulently racist he is today,” Mary Trump responded.
Mary Trump tells @Maddow she’s heard President Trump use anti-Semitic slurs and the N-word: “I don’t think that should surprise anybody given how virulently racist he is today.”
Watch the full interview tonight on @Maddow at 9 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/7Wbxu8SKAY
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 16, 2020
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told the Post that “this is a book of falsehoods, plain and simple.” President Trump has repeatedly denied accusations of racism.
Mary Trump’s book sold 950,000 copies in combined print, digital and audio edition preorders alone, according to the book’s publisher Simon & Schuster.
Updated on July 17 at 10:59 a.m.
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